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Spectacle aquatique multimédia gratuit à Gatineau

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Ottavienne, je l’avoue, il n’est pas souvent que je fais la touriste de l’autre côté de la rive. Pourquoi? Bref, c’est un concours de circonstances, j’imagine. Cela dit, vendredi dernier, je suis sortie en date avec mon chum pour la première fois depuis la naissance de notre petit Léandre, et voilà que notre choix de divertissement s’arrêta sur le spectacle aquatique multimédia AGWÀTÀ, présenté à la tombée du jour, du 24 juillet au 2 août. Un délice expérientiel : le fruit de la créativité d’artistes et de collaborateurs locaux. AGWÀTÀ : 15... | Continue reading article

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Local makers of sounds transcend genres on So Sorry Records

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Detail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi TheriaultDetail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi Theriault

How do we speak about musical style without hyphens, dashes and slashes? If too many words are needed to describe a style, would none be better? So Sorry Records encourages us to think about this and just listen. The artists of this Ottawa-centric label provide a space where words should only describe impressions, not categorize music. So Sorry Records is a local imprint of the New York, Rotterdam and Ottawa label Pop Drone Records.  Though Pop Drone explores “off centre music”, the artists of the label featured on So Sorry... | Continue reading article

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The Jesse Green Band sizzled at Irene’s

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From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Local artists, The Jesse Greene Band, shook up a packed house at Irene’s Pub on Friday night, with their highly charged brand of rockin’ powerhouse blues. Now changed from a 5-piece down to a 4-piece, Jesse Greene tells me about the new band configuration: “At first, I had gotten used to playing with another guitarist, but now I’m not phrasing things around a second player and taking a rhythm in that balance. Having a guest at the show made me realize that while it’s nice to have a second guitarist... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 23, 2015

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Detail of Nicky Jean's new album StairsDetail of Nicky Jean's new album Stairs

We talk with the multitalented Nicky Jean: a singer/songwriter, hip hop artist, and spoken word artist, from Montreal and living in Ottawa. You can find her on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter.  Apt613 Live is on CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Tune in!    

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Pistol George Warren stop in Ottawa tonight!

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Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

Pistol George Warren, a nine-piece band from Sudbury who describe themselves as a “retro-pop party-on-a-stage” are bringing their infectious energy to Ottawa tonight for a show at the Rainbow Bistro. The band recently released an album, Oceapur9, a fun blend of country, rock, pop, and a little bit of everything else, that will definitely get you in a summer groove. You can stream the album online here. The band was originally made up of six guys when they put out their full-length album, Back to Northern Country, in 2011. When... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: 7 things that stood out

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Kanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le DroitKanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le Droit

It’s been a ball, Bluesfest, and we’re sorry to see it end. But well, all good things, right? 220 acts, 11 days, 5 stages and too many good times to count. Before moving on here’s a recap of what stood out. Fan Fervour Tragically Hip fans endured pouring rain to hear their band. Kanye fans were at the gates as early as 9:30 in the morning, ready to camp out in the blazing heat for the much-anticipated show twelve hours later. On an exceptionally hot and humid day Simple Plan... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: The Tea Party take us on a magic carpet ride

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Jeff Martin (left) and Stuart Chatwood (right) of the Tea Party. All photos by Terry SteevesJeff Martin (left) and Stuart Chatwood (right) of the Tea Party. All photos by Terry Steeves

The combination of the setting sun amidst the ambient sounds of Middle Eastern music cast a spell over the growing audience that quickly assembled in front of the Canadian stage on this final night of Bluesfest. Canadian headliners, The Tea Party, would take us on a magic carpet ride through their vast repertoire, dating all the way back to their debut, self-titled album of 1991. Their signature sound is derived from influences of psychedelic and Middle Eastern flavours, using a multitude of old world stringed and percussive instruments, but also... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: Deep Purple, commanders of classic rock

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Ian Paice of Deep Purple. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ian Paice of Deep Purple. All photos by Terry Steeves.

It’s as much output that can be produced by a set of drums, bass, guitar, and a Hammond organ, by musicians that are masters of their instruments. It’s a wall of sound consisting of music from genres of heavy and progressive rock, with the use of blues, classical, and other scales. Add to this a singular, hair-raising voice, whose challenging vocal melodies are just as grandiose, and I’ve just described Deep Purple, who gave a commanding performance in front of a massive crowd at Ottawa Bluesfest last night. After 47... | Continue reading article

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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

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UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra. UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been... | Continue reading article

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Hayden, Mozart and Kid Koala at Chamberfest 2015

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The Danish String Quartet perform on August 5, 2015 at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Photo courtesy of Chamberfest.The Danish String Quartet perform on August 5, 2015 at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Photo courtesy of Chamberfest.

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival aka Chamberfest starts July 23 and runs for fifteen days. We spoke with the festival’s Director of Marketing and Communications James Whittall about this year’s festival. Apt613: Describe Chamberfest in a couple sentences. James Whittall: World’s largest chamber music festival: sentence number one. And a very important sentence too. Also one of the most innovative music festivals in the country. Can you tell us about this year’s theme? It’s been themed as “Regenerations” and the idea behind that is the music programmed into this... | Continue reading article

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